Men and women in agriculture: closing the gap
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FAO has launched a sister site to its gender website, dedicated to the organization’s latest research and knowledge to close the gender gap in agriculture to achieve food security for all. The “Men and women in agriculture: closing the gap” website features the findings and policy recommendations of the State of Food and Agriculture 2001 (SOFA): “Women in agriculture: Closing the gender gap for development,” and will be continuously enriched with FAO’s groundbreaking research on the issue.
The site offers a topical approach to closing the gender gap in access to agricultural resources, with key facts and policy recommendations broken down by theme including Access to Education, Access to bank loans , information and extension, Access to land, livestock, rural employment, farm labour and Gender Equality and Web 2.0 , allowing visitors to quickly access the specific information they need. A video and an interview with Terri Raney, the team leader and FAO Senior Economist behind the SOFA 2011 are also available, as well as the report itself in all official UN languages.
Main findings from the SOFA 2011The SOFA Report 2011: “Women in agriculture: Closing the gender gap for development” reveals that the agriculture sector is underperforming in many developing countries, in part because across countries and contexts, women have consistently less access than men to agricultural assets, inputs and services and to rural employment opportunities. Increasing women’s access to land, livestock, education, financial services, extension, technology and rural employment would boost their productivity by 20 to 30 percent, which alone could lift 100–150 million people out of hunger, and generate gains in food security, economic growth and social welfare.
- The SOFA Report 2011: %E2%80%9CWomen in agriculture: Closing the gender gap for development%E2%80%9D
- Men and women in agriculture: closing the gap website
- FAO Gender website
- The State of Food and Agriculture 2011 (SOFA) report
- Access the video animation in Spanish, French, Chinese and Russian.